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ASUS AX6000 Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 Router RT-AX88U - Best Buy $299.99

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BB said this deal will expire on Friday 16th. I like this one for its outstanding open vpn speeds of ~300Mbps thanks to its quad core cpu with hardware aes acceleration and that it supports Merlin firmware.

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You're much better off getting the AX86U for $250, which has double the RAM, but only the normal 4 ethernet ports. You can always buy a gigabit switch for $15 if you need the extra ports.
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Quote from entropism :
You're much better off getting the AX86U for $250, which has double the RAM, but only the normal 4 ethernet ports. You can always buy a gigabit switch for $15 if you need the extra ports.
"Double the RAM"? They have identical CPU and RAM.
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"Double the RAM"? They have identical CPU and RAM.
Then what is the difference between those two models? I've had my eye on the ax86u
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AX88U has double the speed on the 2.4Ghz band. Supports custom Merlin firmware. However does not have multi gig port, but 8 ports.

AX86U has multi gig port, but only 4 ports. Does not support Merlin firmware.
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AX88U has double the speed on the 2.4Ghz band. Supports custom Merlin firmware. However does not have multi gig port, but 8 ports.

AX86U has multi gig port, but only 4 ports. Does not support Merlin firmware.
It looks like merlin site has ax86u listed now, so looks like it's supported. I'm going to buy ax86u for the test, looks like its 250 plus tax. If it is as fast as 88u both in wireless and openvpn I'm going to return 88u. And save a few bucks. I'll let you guys know..
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Jesus, $300? No, way.
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Jesus, $300? No, way.
Well inflation rate is 5.4 percent now. So I don't think we'll see prices in the low 200s any time soon for higher end home routers...
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Most review shows AX88u is slower than 86 in wifi.

https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/w...s-rt-ax88u


I got the 86u, it has merlin
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Pass. AX86U is the one to get.
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I bought the AX88U before AX86U was supported by Merlin. But yeah, sounds like AX86U is the better router based on a quick read. Oh well, bought what I thought was right at the time. AX88U is not bad by any stretch of the imagination.
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Too bad it is not AX89X, otherwise I will rush for it.
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So I can concur that ax86u is a better deal. Same if not slightly better 5Ghz speed vs 88u, same open vpn speed. 4 less ports but any enthusiast will have a switch anyway..got it for 216 total and couldn't be happier..
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